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Sex on premises venues in Melbourne

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Guys, looking to get some action without navigating Grindr? You can always go to an SOPV. Here are Melbourne’s top five gay saunas and cruise lounges – remember to play safe. While you're at it, check out our list of top gay bars and pick-up bars.

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Wet On Wellington

Wet is one of Melbourne’s most popular saunas. Staggering distance from the Collingwood bars, it’s busiest on Friday and Saturday nights. With its very busy steam room, a cosy spa and sauna, a 25-metre pool, bar and Greco-Roman decor downstairs, and a cruising maze upstairs with porn lounges, private cubicles and not-so-private areas, you can lose yourself here for hours. 

162 Wellington St, Collingwood. Mon-Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sun open 24 hours.

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Club 80

Not far from the Peel and Sircuit, this is a cruise lounge where you remain clothed... mostly. The basement is lit with oil barrels for putting on a show. First floor has free tea and coffee, a cyber lounge and movie lounge. The second level is a cruise maze with private cubicles, glory holes, and a mezzanine heavy-duty area with sling rooms you can book. It’s all semi-industrial, so it feels sleazy, but completely safe. 

8-10 Peel St, Collingwood. Open daily from noon-late.

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Subway Sauna

Subway is the only sauna in the CBD, and has a discreet entrance on Banana. As well as a couple of rabbit-warren-like mazes with disorienting mirrors and a couple of porn lounges, Subway has a good-sized spa, steam room and sauna, and the wet area is the most popular, for both action and cruising. A chillout video lounge, cyber lounge and café means this venue attracts CBD workers out for a lunchtime quickie. 

Vault 13, Banana Alley Vaults, Melbourne. 24 hours.

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55 Porter St

This sauna has been going for over 20 years – and it’s obvious. It used to pump, literally, but now it’s a little shabby. The large spa is good for a soak, but the small steam room smells dank. Upstairs there’s a porn lounge, more cubicles and some larger rooms if you’re looking to host more than two. It may have passed its prime, but the clientele make it worth a visit. 

55 Porter St, Prahran. Tue-Thu 6pm-late; Fri-Sun open 24 hours.

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By: Time Out editors